Woodstock takes runners south
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
September 29, 2013 01:13 AM | 1335 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Woodstock cross country team traveled to the Florida Panhandle for Saturday’s Flrunners.com Invitational, and coach Kirk Scharich couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.

The event, which features hundreds of schools from around the country, is broken down into several races. Among them is the Race of Champions, which features several elite high school programs and a few select individuals.

Woodstock’s Owen Bailey was invited to participate as an individual. He placed 10th overall with a personal-best time of 15 minutes, 47.70 seconds.

Scharich said it was quite an accomplishment considering it was raining throughout the day.

“It just poured,” he said. “It was pretty hard to see.”

Other members of the Wolverines’ squad participated in the Boys Invitational, also posting record times.

Corey Champion (16:50) led the Wolverines as he broke the 17-minute mark for the first time. Had Bailey run in the division, his time would have been good enough to win by a 4-second margin.

Also competing for Woodstock were Austin Bailey (17:51.5), Andrew Maneen (18:12.4), Josh Catt (18:23.9), Jason Groet (18:32.5) and Austin Otis (19:00).

In the Girls Invitational, Alexandra Melehan placed second overall with a time of 19:13.6. She was 10 seconds behind the winner.

Also running for the Lady Wolverines were Catherine Moreau (21:07.9), Rachel Steppe (21:23.9), Taylor Poole (21:28.1), Brittany Burnett (22:12.8), Ashton Sutton (22:14.9) and Jenna Carr (22:21.5).

As a team, the Lady Wolverines placed third with 246 points. Coral Reef (Fla.) won with 157 points.

Scharich said it was the best performance by his team this season.

“We ran at the Berry Invitational and it was an oven,” he said. “Then, we ran the Double Dip at Marist, and it was the toughest course I’ve ever seen. Then, we ran Carrolton, which is slow. Then, (on Saturday), we had a flat course, which was nice. The humidity was high and it was 78 degrees when we ran, but it was flat. We think we can keep this thing going until Nov. 2 when the (Region 5AAAAAA) meet comes to Boling Park.”

Also in action this weekend was Sequoyah, which competed in the Atlanta Classic in Douglasville.

For the third time this season, the Chiefs finished in the top three with a second-place 122 points, behind only Woodward Academy (82 points). In third was Northview (126).

Also competing in the meet were Roswell, Alexander, Carrollton, Chapel Hill and Landmark Christian — all of which are ranked in the top 10 of their respective classifications.

Christopher Costa finished third overall with a time of 16:28.34, while Ryan McNeal was 17th in 17:01.62. Finishing just outside the top 20 at 22nd was Zach Moore (17:16.46).

Also scoring points for the Chiefs were Blake Weis (17:51.66) and Robert Carter (17:56.98)

In the girls race, Sequoyah finished 11th of 19 teams.

Leading the way were senior Jessica Weems (20:58.78), junior Morgan Free (21:17.61) and freshman Emily Fudge (22:24.39).
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